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Stress Less

HealthyU helps you learn more about mental health and resilience, while breaking down stigmas related to mental illness. We provide you with training on how to recognize and respond to mental health issues as you learn how to navigate campus and community wellness resources and find the support that’s right for you.

 
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Students meditating on mats in front of a living wall
Mindfulness meditation
Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment.

Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment. With mindfulness workshops and techniques we can learn to slow down and appreciate the present.

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Student playing guitar to her friends
Tips to Stress Less
Learning to cope with stress can be the key to a happy, healthy university experience.

Learning to cope with stress can be the key to a happy, healthy university experience. Take a deep breath, let it out - and find a strategy that works for you!

The Student Experience
Exam Jam logo: person-like stick figure with a large brain, standing on a book
Exam Jam logo: person-like stick figure with a large brain, standing on a book
U of T Exam Jam
Exam Jam: Review, refresh, de-stress!

University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science organizes Exam Jam at the end of each semester. Attend for course review sessions, open study space, free snacks and coffee, and free, fun, and active stuff! Learn more about Exam Jam and stay up to date with Exam Jam on Twitter.

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Three students sitting on the floor in a circle with their eyes closed
Mindfulness in the Toronto Star
The Toronto Star reports how U of T students use mindfulness on campus to reduce stress.

"You know that feeling between being asleep and awake? You practise it and calm yourself during the week, even if you’re standing waiting in a lineup." - First-year student Jaimi Foster in The Toronto Star

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Mp3 player and local newspaper with "Alex" watermark
Exam stress
Life @ U of T blogger Alex asks students their study tips.

Tried and true stress-reduction tactics from University of Toronto students 

“I don’t spend the day of the exam still cramming and reviewing – at that point, my retentive abilities are next to zero. Instead, I try to relax.” – Dhanyaa 

Healthy Habits
Logo: Good2Talk
Logo: Good2Talk
Good2Talk
24 hour post-secondary student helpline.

1-866-925-5454

For stresses big and small, we're good to talk. Free, professional and confidential counselling support for students in Ontario.

Stop, breathe, think logo: drawing of a student meditating beside a dog with a cityscape in the background
Stop, breathe, think logo: drawing of a student meditating beside a dog with a cityscape in the background
Stop, Breathe, Think
Practice mindfulness through a phone app.

A step-by-step mindfulness, meditation, and compassion-building curriculum implemented through the Webby Award-winning app, online course, in-school and after-school programs, and at our annual summer camp.

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Hand drawn happy figure holding a book and sunshine
The 9 BEST Scientific Study Tips
Study smarter not longer!

Time for school! And its no surprise that many of us are determined to study smarter rather than longer but which study tricks and tips actually work scientifically?

First up research shows that study session are most effective in small, short chunks. Instead of cramming in a 10 hour study session, it’s much more effective to spread it out into twenty 30 minute sessions over a few weeks.  This is because your brain is better at encoding information into the synapses in short, repeated session as opposed to one large one.  Watch the video to learn about the next 8 tips!